Manchester United target sensational double striker swoopPublished November 17, 2016
Manchester United are lining up a sensational double move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Moussa Dembele of Celtic, as Jose Mourinho seeks to remedy his side’s woes in front of goal.
After netting just 16 times in 11 games, only Spurs have a worse goalscoring record out of the top six, with summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic the sole player to net more than three efforts so far this term.
Intent on breaking into the Champions League positions, United’s lack of threat has led to manager Jose Mourinho targeting high-profile duo Kane and Dembele, according to reports.
Squawka claim that with Kane yet to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane, the Red Devils are monitoring the situation with a view to making a bid worth around £50 million for the England striker’s services.
Ray Parlour on Harry Kane: "He could be perfect for Manchester United. They will be thinking 'OK, Ibrahimovic is getting on a bit.'" pic.twitter.com/hFhl4FfXz1— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 14, 2016
The 23-year-old was also on the radar of the Old Trafford club during Louis van Gaal’s ill-fated spell at Old Trafford, yet it is understood that Mourinho is also a huge admirer of Kane’s work-rate and finishing ability.
Currently awaiting the go-ahead from the Tottenham man’s representatives, United are prepared to offer around £150,000 per week in wages to secure their man, as they plan to overhaul an ageing striking department containing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.
While Tottenham remain confident of tying the academy product to a new deal, Chelsea and Real Madrid are also believed to be waiting in the wings should the striker become available.
The Daily Mail writes that on the orders of Mourinho, the Red Devils also club sent scout David Friio to see Celtic’s Moussa Dembele in action against England U21s in midweek.
Former Fulham player Dembele has starred for the Bhoys since his summer move to Celtic Park and produced another stunning performance in front of the watching Friio as he bagged two goals in France’s 3-2 victory over the Three Lions.
It is understood that the Portuguese manager personally scouted the 20-year-old three times last season before his transfer to the Scottish champions, but will look to reignite his interest at the earliest available opportunity.
A host of other European sides, including Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have also sent scouts to watch Dembele in action recently, although Celtic are insistent that the Frenchman will not be allowed to leave during the window.
With that in mind, United may choose to wait until the summer before launching a bid for the youngster, provided they can bring in adequate striking cover in January.